Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. DeGraffenried

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Mrs. DeGraffenried is the principal here at Goshen Elementary.  This is her fifth year at our school, but she has taught for many years at other schools.  She taught first grade at Wilson Elementary in Payson along with being their Title 1 Coordinator.  She was also the Title 1 Coordinator at Santaquin Elementary and taught Early Childhood classes at BYU.  She loves working with all of the teachers and faculty here at Goshen, and loves to see our students succeed.  She loves to read, play with her grandkids and travel with her husband.  Her favorite treat is chocolate, ther favorite color is blue, she loves her Diet Coke, and loves the book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  

We're so glad that Mrs. DeGraffenried is here at Goshen Elementary.

Treat Policy

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We have several new students to our school this year, so we thought we would remind parents what Goshen Elementary's treat policy is.  We follow Nebo School District's policy which states that all edible food/drinks must be store bought and commercially packaged.  We have included the policy from the District's handbook as a PDF link if you would like to read it.  Please find it as the second picture on this post.

Parents and Pastries...A Brand New Tradition

We are excited to start a new tradition this year!  Each month a grade level will participate in our Parents and Pastries event, where parents and grandparents are invited to come read with their children.  The PTA will provide donuts as a special treat during the activity.

The 6th grade will be participating this month.  If you have a 6th grader, please come this coming Monday (September 26th) from 1:45-2:15.  Please bring a book to share (either a picture book, or a chapter from your favorite novel).  Remember to check in with Mrs. Oberg at the office and meet us in the Library.

Please see the attatched PDF for the flyer that was sent home.  Click to the second picture for the link.

 

This Week...

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There are a few things going on in the next couple of days that we wanted to remind you of:

Tommorow (Thursday 9/22) will be Dental Varnishing Day.  This is not mandatory, but we ask that parents fill out and send back the blue paper that was sent home, whether or not you would like your child's teeth varnished.  This helps us know that all parents saw the note, and at least knows that the varnishing is available.

Friday is Picture Day.  Picture packets were sent home on Monday.  Please look for them in your child's backpack.  Even if you're not planning on paying for pictures, please plan on your child having their picture taken so they can be in the class picture, and also in the yearbook that we get at the end of the year.

The Sky's the Limit in Mrs. Barber's Class

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Mrs. Barber read the book Cordelia by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt.  It's about a little girl named Cordelia that can fly until she begins to listen to the negative thoughts of others around her, and they begin to bring her down.  She then realizes that she doesn't have to listen to them.  Once she decides this important lesson, she knows no bounds.  

After reading the story, the class did an art project using crayons and watercolors.  The students drew their name in the clouds and colored the sky blue. 

Don't Forget!

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Don't forget that school gets out at noon on Monday.  The teachers have meeting to attend the second half of the day, so please be prompt in picking up your children.  Lunch will be served an hour earlier than normal.  Your child is welcome to eat lunch when they get home, but if they sign up for school lunch on Monday, they will need to pay for it.

Success for the Fifth Grade

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Monica Valerio

Fifth grade exercised "Unity" by learning to work together and collaborate in a group.  Their goal on the first activity was to direct each member, one at a time, while being blindfolded to find their shoe.  Afterwards, they discussed what was the most difficult part of the task and what they could've done to be more successful.  The groups were then given the task of untying themselves from a "human knot" without letting go of each others hands!  SUCCESS! 

Just a Reminder

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Please remember that Early out Day is on Monday this year, not Wednesday!  School will get out at 2:30.  The teachers have weekly meetings that they attend after school on this day, so if you pick your kids up, please be prompt.  Help spread the word to your friends and neighbors.  

Thank You!

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We just want to give a huge thank you to all of the parents, students and teachers that made the first week back a great one!  Thanks to all of the parents and students that came out to our Open House on Monday to meet your new teachers, and those that came to Back to School Night and the barbecue that followed on Thursday.  We also want to give a HUGE shout out to our teachers and staff that worked so hard to have everything ready for our students this year.  Keep an eye out for some great things we have coming up for the 2016-2017 school year, including some fun, new ways for student participation and recognitions.

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